$450K interim city engineering contract gets approval

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A nine-month, $450,000 interim services contract was awarded to the engineering firm PSOMAS in Resolution 2022-12 at the Feb. 15 Winters City Council meeting.

City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa told council, “The recommendation tonight is to change lead engineering firms in order to bring out a firm that has greater capacity, broader technical skills and more diverse experience to help us reset how we process and control development within the city.”

Since 1998, Ponticello Engineering, Inc., has provided these services to the City of Winters — including serving as the city engineer, managing capital construction projects, infrastructure inspection and a host of other services. Last July, a five-year professional services agreement with Ponticello was renewed and extended to July 2026.

The ongoing subdivision housing boom triggered city staff to conclude it would be in the City’s best interest to retain an engineering firm capable of providing all of the services involving development tasks and projects.

Rather than issuing a time-consuming Request for Proposal, the City invited three engineering firms, PSOMAS, m6 and Bureau Veritas to submit statements of qualifications for interim subdivision services. Bureau Veritas declined the invitation due to insufficient capacity, and after Trepa and Senior Planner Kirk Skierski conducted due diligence, PSOMAS was recommended to council.

Resident Richard Casavecchia asked why the city couldn’t save money and be more efficient by hiring a city engineer and contract out specialty services. Trepa replied that at this time the city isn’t using that service in a full-time capacity.

PSOMAS employee Brandan Ottoboni has been named the executive lead and contract manager while Megan Buche has been identified as the city engineer and technical civil engineering project manager.

Although the service agreement is for $450,000, Trepa said the majority, or almost two-thirds of the fee, is paid by developers and about one-third will come from the city’s operating fund.

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